Vilhelm Lundström Standing model
Vilhelm Lundström is one of the most prominent figures in Danish modernism. His artistic talent was already visible at a young age and throughout his life, he continued to explore the possibilities of art through different painterly perspectives, closely interwoven with the development of European modernism. Lundström had his public breakthrough in 1918 when he introduced genuine Cubistic collages to a Danish audience for the first time. These caused such offence that a professor of biology felt urged to, from afar, wrongfully diagnose their creator as mentally ill and instigate the so-called ‘Dysmorphism’ theory.
By 1919 he had already exhausted the visual language of Cubism and changed for a short while to a curving, flowing expressionistic style of painting. Lundström lived in the south of France between 1923 and 1932. There he worked in a Puristic style painting nudes and still lifes in a restrained colour palette. During the last ten years of his life, his canvases began, once again, to glow with colour in carefully constructed layers of precisely nuanced paint. His highly developed feeling for balance and harmony here reached its pinnacle. Towards the end of his life, he was a valued professor at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, where he guided a new generation of Danish artists. His talent and significance have never been questioned by the art world. From the 1920s onwards Lundström has been represented in almost all the exhibitions in Denmark and abroad showing his generation of artists.
The painting in the auction depicts a female model. Lundström plays with the relationship of tension between cold and warm areas of colour and, with an assured hand, succeeds in creating a harmonic composition where the nuances of colour are in genuine chorus with each other. In the artist’s own words: “An image should not be polluted with irrelevant matters. It should speak to the eye the way that music speaks to the ear.”
To be sold at Modern Art + Design
Viewing 5 – 9 May, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm.
Open Mon–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat–Sun 11am–5pm.
Auction 10 – 11 May, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm.To the artwork